Ten years ago, no one knew what the heck health coaching was. To many, it sounded like a gimmick - pay someone to tell you to eat kale and make time for yourself? Isn’t that what registered dietitians and psychologists are for?
Health coaches support their clients in making gradual lifestyle changes. As part of an integrative support team in a doctor's setting, health coaches serves as both patient advocate and liaison between the patient and the doctor, working closely with the patient to improve areas such as healthy cooking and eating, physical activity, home environment, and relationships.